on Nov. 3, 2016 :
I don't read a lot of YA fiction, as a rule - and I read even less romance. But I saw this book free here on Smashwords, and the description intrigued me, so I picked it up.
It was actually quite an enjoyable story. Seventeen-year-old Tasmyn can read minds, and that makes it difficult for her to make any friends because she's always trying her damnedest not to accidentally hear random thoughts all the time. It's very stressful, and the constant effort means she tends to come off as reclusive to everyone around her.
One day, she overhears someone thinking about a blood sacrifice, and then the plot begins. Who thought that? Who (or what) will be sacrificed? When and how will it happen?
It kept me interested, entertained, and on the edge of my seat.
The romance angle seems to fit the plot quite well. An older boy professes his undying love to her, and convinces her that, because of an interesting trait in HIS family's history, he knows they are destined to be together.
Eventually, she comes to believe him, and the two end up fighting the evil witches together.
So far so good, but there were a couple of things that I didn't like.
First of all, the main plot of the story is pretty much wrapped up by around chapter forty or so (there are fifty-one chapters in total). I actually felt the book could've ended there... but THEN the real "romance" starts. And it's sickly sweet, and mushy, childish, and all the things I don't like about romance. I was actually toying with giving this book only three stars at that point, but I decided that I knew full well what I was getting myself into when I decided to read this book, and it's not the author's fault I don't like romance!
The second thing I didn't really like is that at various points throughout the book, Tasmyn finds herself having to reveal her secret mind-reading abilities to certain people. So far so good, but in all those cases, the people she reveals herself to don't offer very much resistance to the idea. Some of them may act like they don't believe her at first, but within a couple of paragraphs they're all in, and they trust Tasmyn completely. It's not very believable to me - if you've never met a mind-reader before, and don't really believe they exist, it'd take more than a couple of paragraphs to convince you that you were talking to one.
Finally, I felt there was one small plot point that wasn't truly resolved. Maybe it will be in the sequel, but I doubt it because the next one seems to be a completely different story.
Will I be reading the next one? Probably not. There's a sample chapter of the sequel at the end of this book, and upon reading it, it looks like it jumps straight into the over-the-top, can't-live-without-you romance that the first book left off on.
It makes sense, because now all the build-up has been done, and we know the two are together. The thing is, the build-up was what I liked BEST about this book.
(review of free book)
Luka L. Lindwurm
on Nov. 23, 2013 :
I enjoyed this book, though I found the romance a little too sappy. It progressed from first meeting to perfection so fast that I soon felt as though I were reading the story of an established couple who'd met years ago and whose occasional moments of insecurity about their relationship seemed almost laughable because it was so obvious they were made for each other. I'm aware that getting insecure is a thing people do, especially teenagers, but it added nothing to the plot since any uncertainty was always cleared up immediately.
Other than that, it was a good read. I'm not sure I want to pay $4 for the sequel, but - as a note to potential new readers checking out the review section - this first book works well enough on its own, so don't be afraid to give it a shot. It doesn't end on a cliffhanger. :)
(review of free book)